Posts for: March, 2015

WhileUsuallyBenignLichenPlanusLesionsShouldStillbeExamined

If you’ve noticed a small sore in your mouth, it’s possible you have a non-contagious disease known as lichen planus. Although usually benign, it’s still a good idea to have it examined and monitored.

The condition is so named because its lesions are similar in appearance to lichen, the algae and fungi organism often found on rocks and trees. It’s believed to be a type of autoimmune disease, in which the body treats some of its own cells as foreign and reacts adversely to them. Certain medications and substances may also cause a lichenoid reaction. Besides the inner cheeks, gums or tongue, lichen planus may also appear on other skin or mucous surfaces on the wrists, legs or fingernails.

When it appears inside the mouth it usually resembles a lacy pattern of white lines or ulceration. Gum tissues may become red and inflamed, with some soreness after brushing or eating. Although there’s no known cure for lichen planus, it rarely causes serious problems — in fact, you may not even be aware you have the condition unless pointed out during a dental exam. It may, in time, fade away.

If the lesions do become bothersome (painful, itchy or overly-sensitive), there are some ways to ease discomfort: brushing with a soft toothbrush (to minimize irritation), flossing, and avoiding acidic or spicy foods and beverages which have been known to cause flare-ups. Managing stress is also helpful, and a topical steroid may be prescribed for more severe outbreaks.

Perhaps the greatest concern with lichen planus, though, is it may resemble more serious conditions, particularly oral cancer. The only way to be certain that it is a benign condition is to perform a biopsy on some of the affected tissue. If you notice a problem, be sure to visit us for a complete examination. And regardless of whether you have the condition or not, regular oral cancer screenings, as well as limits on alcohol consumption and stopping use of tobacco, will also reduce your risk of oral cancer.

Odds are if you have a case of lichen planus it isn’t causing you any problems. If it does cause you discomfort, though, you can take steps to ease your symptoms.

If you would like more information on lichen planus and similar oral conditions, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.


By Sood Family Dental
March 10, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dentures  

Are you considering visiting Dr. Shikha Sood at Sood Family Dental in Shelby Township for dentures? Getting a quality pair of custom-fit dentures is a great way to enhance your appearance, improve your life and restore your tooth functionality once again. Dentures are not right for everyone, however. Here are a few questions you should ask yourself when deciding if dentures are right for you.

1. Do You Have Several Badly Damaged or Missing Teeth?

Generally, dentists like Dr. Sood are committed to helping you keep the teeth you have if at all possible. If your teeth are only cracked, discolored or misshapen, veneers, bonding or whitening may be a better option. If your teeth are very badly damaged or missing altogether, however, dentures may be a great choice!

2. Are You Embarrassed About Your Smile?

No one deserves to go through life hiding a smile out of embarrassment. If your damaged teeth are preventing you from smiling, socializing and enjoying life in Shelby Township as much as you want to, dentures may be just right for you! Not only can they restore your smile, but they can even take years off your age.

3. Do You Have Difficulty Eating and Speaking?

Your teeth aren't just for smiling; you need them for eating and speaking too. If your lack of teeth is preventing you from being able to eat or speak normally, dentures are one great way to fix that.

4. Are You Committed to Good Oral Hygiene?

Unfortunately, dentures can be a little trickier to take care of than your own natural teeth. Instead of simply brushing your teeth every day, you will likely need to remove your dentures, clean them and soak them every night. You need to make sure that you are committed to good oral hygiene and to taking care of your dentures before you accept an option that comes with a added responsibility.

5. Are You a Good Candidate for Dentures?

Unfortunately, dentures are not generally not a good option for people who have grind or clench their teeth, who have chronic dry mouth, who have a sensitive gag reflex or who have small or worn jaw bones. If any of these apply to you, let your dentist know so he or she can figure out a better option for you.

If your missing or badly damaged teeth are preventing you from enjoying life to the fullest, why not call Dr. Sood at Sood Family Dental in Shelby Township and ask if dentures are right for you? What do you have to lose? Call and schedule a consultation today!


IronChefCatCoraProtectingYourChildrensTeethStartsEarly

When Cat Cora is not doing battle as the first female chef on the Food Network's hit series Iron Chef America, she is busy caring for the needs of her four active young sons. This includes monitoring the food they eat and their oral hygiene habits.

The busy chef, restaurateur, author, philanthropist and television personality recently revealed in an interview with Dear Doctor magazine that it all started when her four sons were little. She got rid of bottles and sippy cups as soon as possible to prevent tooth decay. She also started exposing her boys to a wide variety of spices and foods when they were infants — for example, by putting cinnamon in their baby cereal. Cat limits the amount of sugar in their diet by using fruit puree in baked goods and BBQ sauces, or the natural sugar substitute Stevia. Furthermore, Cat reports, “my kids have never had fast food.”

Cat is right on target with her approach to her children's oral health. In fact, we are often asked, when is the right time to schedule a child's first dental appointment? Our answer surprises some people — especially those expecting their first child.

The ideal time to take your child to the dentist is around age 1. Why so young? A baby's first visit to the dentist sets the stage for lifelong oral health. Besides, tooth decay can start very early. Baby Bottle Tooth Decay (BBTD), as the name suggests, impacts children who often go to sleep sipping a bottle filled with a liquid containing natural or added sugars, such as formula, fruit juice or a fruity drink mix. Another condition, Early Childhood Caries (ECC), is often found in children who continuously use sippy cups (again, filled with sugary liquids), children who breast feed at will throughout the night, children who use a sweetened pacifier, and children who regularly take sugar-based oral medicine to treat chronic illness.

To learn more about this topic, continue reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Age One Dental Visit.” Or you can contact us today to schedule an appointment. And to read the entire interview with Cat Cora, please see the article “Cat Cora.”




Dentist in Shelby Township, MI
Sood Family Dental
56732 Van Dyke Avenue
Shelby Township, MI 48316
(586) 207-1471
 

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